- Aggravated by the Washington Post
- "Michael Gannon, 39, was attacked by a clerk inside the store near Tysons Corner in August 1995 after a misunderstanding aggravated by Gannon's lack of hearing." Washington Post staff writer Tom Jackman, using a more-than-unfortunate turn of phrase in his March 18 story about settlement of the lawsuit Gannon filed against Radio Shack parent Tandy Corp. after it refused to apologize to Gannon or help with his $10,000 in medical bills.
"Gannon's lack of hearing was not the problem," says Ragged Edge reader Jesse Kaysen, who sent us the clipping. "The problem was store clerk Donald M. Boseman's lack of a clue" as to the fact that he had a deaf customer.
Donald Boseman responds
- Dillery II
- "They're usually off their medication, and usually dangerous." Port Coquitlam Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Peter Markgraf, responding to reporters' questions as to why they needed "three police cars to pull over a woman using a wheelchair." The Ontario newspaper The Province reported the incident in early April. Markgraf says it was a natural assumption the woman was from a nearby psychiatric institution. "We do have a problem with Riverview being in our area," Markgraf said.
Cathy Evenson, the woman who was reported to police by a passing motorist as driving erratically and wearing "hospital greens," wants an apology. Evenson, who has cerebral palsy, has lived in the area for 29 years. She wearing a green jacket and T-shirt at the time of the latest incident.
"Well, there's no sidewalks--what am I supposed to do?"